Commander of USS Wichita in Air Capital to get to know her people

Published: Jun. 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM CDT
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Crew members from the USS Wichita are in the Air Capital trying to get to know the name of the people who call Wichita home.

The US Navy has a tradition for sailors to visit the city bearing the name of their ship. The goal is to connect with the people and understand the pride people have for their home.

That's why Commander Roberto Dumlao and a few of his crew from the USS Wichita spent Monday morning with kids at the Boys and Girls Club.

"We came here to meet the good people of Wichita. We bear the name of the USS Wichita. We're the third ship named after the city, and we're very very proud," said Dumlao

Dumlao and his sailors made it a point to connect with as many kids as possible, even talking to them one on one before group Q&A sessions.

The USS Wichita was christened last September and is currently undergoing sea trials in the Great Lakes, and being fitted with everything it needs to do it's mission.

The USS Wichita is a littoral combat ship built to go in shallow waters, and it's fast. It can go well over 40 knots.

It's mission will be to seek out and destroy mines.

The ship will be commissioned at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019.

The crew from the will be in town until at least Thursday. They'll do several things, including tour downtown, visit the Sedgwick County Zoo and go to a Wingnuts game.